Skunk – Chicken Predators – How To Protect Your Chickens

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By: BYC Project Manager and support Backyard Chickens

Skunks (also known as polecats in the USA) are medium size mammals, probably best known for their ability to spray a liquid with a strong, unpleasant odour. There are four species of skunks: the hooded skunk, the striped skunk, the spotted skunk and the scarce hog-nosed skunk. The most common of the four being the striped skunk. Read More

 

Run Bunny Run

bunny in 115 temp
Mom Bunny (in the rear, her pal in front is plastic)

This is the only shade this little gal could find. It’s 115 degrees, her babies are about 20 feet away under a vacant dog house. She’s very been careful to make sure her babies are out of the sun and near a water source.
Although she’s made an effort to keep her babies safe and comfortable, in about two weeks she’ll bring them all to a large grassy area to graze.

Timmi
Timmi

Bunny sounds like a good mom, except this is the same grassy area shared my bunny murdering dog Timmi.

Before we let the dog out, we have to yell “Run bunny run!” This ritual is definitely better than picking up dead baby bunnies.

The worst part of it all is Timmi kills them for absolutely no reason.

Sport killing? I just don’t get it. 😦

Identifying a Chicken Predator by the Evidence Left Behind

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Photo : garyjwood

I often hear about the devastating loss of a flock from an unknown predator. In order to protect your poultry from future attacks, it’s important to learn how to identify their enemy. I found this article to help you learn how to identify a chicken predator by the specific evidence they leave behind.

The First Step to Deterrence
By Gail Damerow

Poultry Predator Identification